Wendy Monks-Janzen (MCProgram)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. (MST)

Title of Thesis: CHILDHOOD LIVED EXPERIENCES OF SHORT-TERM EMPLOYMENT-RELATED PATERNAL ABSENCE: AN INTERPRETATIVE PHENOMENOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

Co-Supervisor: Dr. Simon Nuttgens

Mode of Delivery: Adobe Connect

Abstract:

For many Canadian families, having a parent work away from home for extended periods of time has become an accepted way of life. This employment arrangement is especially prominent within Canada’s resources extraction industry. However, despite employment-related parental absence being experienced by thousands of Canadian families, little research exists that examines the effects on the children involved. The purpose of this interpretive phenomenological analysis was to understand the experiences of young adults who grew up in families where their father worked away from home on a short-term rotational basis. The childhood experience of four young adults was characterized by: Experiencing Paternal Absence, Adjusting to Paternal Absence, Temporal Adjustment, and Perceiving the Experience of Others. The results suggest that employment-related paternal absence families are able to harness the advantages of this life-style, while adjusting to and coping with the disadvantages. Counsellors are positioned to support the adaptive capacities of these families.

Presentations

  • Childhood Lived Experiences of Short-Term Employment- Related Paternal Absence: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, 2018 Graduate Student Research Conference, Edmonton (via skyped presentation), October 12-14
  • Childhood Lived Experiences of Short-Term Employment- Related Paternal Absence: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, 2018 Qualitative Methods Conference, Banff (in-person presentation co-authored with Dr. Simon Nuttgens, thesis supervisor), May 1-3

Scholarships & Awards:

  • Graduate Student Research Fund: Dissemination Award - March 2018, $2000
  • Graduate Student Research Fund: Conducting Research Award - March 2018, $1000
  • Excellence in Research Award - December 2017, $3000
  • Athabasca University Graduate Level Student Bursary - 2016, $1500